The following are among the food service establishments inspected from April 9-16 by the Hall County Environmental Health Department. Food service establishments are given a letter grade that coincides with a percentile: “A” (90-100), “B” (80-89), “C” (70-79), “U” 69 and below. Inspections (frequency of) a food service establishment are conducted based on risk categorization. The risk type is determined by the menu items served, the food preparation processed performed, and the previous food safety history in the food service establishment.
A new food service establishment that has never served food must score 100 (A) to receive a food service permit to operate. When a restaurant changes ownership, a new food service permit must be issued. To be issued a food service permit for a change of ownership, the establishment must score a 95 (A) or above with all Foodborne Illness Risk factors and Public Health Interventions in compliance. Permits must be posted in public view at all times. Food service establishments with drive-through windows will also be required to have the top one-third of a copy of the most current inspection report visible through each window allowing customers to easily read the score, date of inspection and establishment information, in addition to the copy posted inside the establishment. Copies of the rules are available at the Hall County Environmental health Office. The rules and regulations are also available online.
To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.
2283 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Donna Black
Chattahoochee Golf Club
301 Tommy Aaron Drive, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Cut lemon and cabbage on shelf in cooler uncovered. Choppers, pans, coke diffusers/nozzles with food residue.
West Hall Middle School
5470 McEver Road, Oakwood
Score: 95, Grade: A
Final rinse pressure for hot water sanitizing dish machine does not stay at required 15 to 25 psi during rinse. Trash Dumpster (and cardboard dumpster) missing required drain plug.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth
El Maguey Mexican Restaurant
2458 Limestone Parkway, N.E., Gainesville
Score: 85, Grade: B
Foods uncovered in coolers, inside drawers — taco shells laying on shelf under steam unit. Utensils with debris; cutting boards with heavy mold; dirty dishes left from night before. No dates on foods. Repair/replace rusty shelf under prep table. Raw wood behind hand sink — floor in walk-in cooler coming apart at seams. Clean all shelves and inside drawer beside fryer. Walls peeling paint and frp damaged beside steam unit and across from walk in coolers. Replace missing light shield under hood.
West Hall High School
5500 McEver Road, Oakwood
Score: 94, Grade: A
Most of the spatulas hung on rack over prep table for use are badly worn, frayed and cracked. Wall behind pre-wash sprayer in dish room is mildewed. Light covers in dish room are dusty. Evidence of rodent activity in dry storage.
Family Cafe Chinese Restaurant
601 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Foods not covered in walk-in cooler and shelf below steam unit. No dates on foods. Chemicals stored on shelf with foods.
Friendship Elementary School
4450 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 97, Grade: A
Walk-in cooler evaporator drain is still leaking into pan kept underneath drain. Walk-in freezer evaporator drain with large ice formation on drain pipe. This water is nonpotable. Wall fan pointing to serving line area is very dusty.
Lyman Hall Elementary School
2150 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Scoops stored with dried food debris under “swing” arms. Tongs stored in metal container with lid for allowing students self-service for jalapenos laying in container with jalapenos. Cold water faucet at hand sink leaking heavily at base (attachment to sink) needs to be fixed. Wall mounted fan over clean side of dish table in dish room is very dusty. Floor needs a good cleaning around washing machine and dryer in laundry room — accumulation of lint/dirt and towels around machines.
Riverside Military Academy
2100 Riverside Drive, Gainesville
Score: 74, Grade: C
Employees putting on used disposable gloves without washing hands. Salad bar not holding required temperatures — ice bath not effective — containers should be at least partially submerged in ice bath to keep temperatures down. Wraps at 94, 97, 104 F. Sausage from breakfast at 9 a.m. still 71 F at 11:30. Employees without hair restraint. Pans, utensils, dishes, etc., stored wet. Dispensing tubes of bulk milk containers too long. Drawers in kitchen need cleaning. Tubing and drain trays on soda dispensers have mold, mildew. Interior of milk dispensers need detailed cleaning. Counters under, on drink stations need detailed cleaning. Floor in dry storage needs better cleaning. Walls by bag in box area need syrup splashes, etc. cleaned. Clean walls more frequently.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie
Mac’s Pit Stop Grill
3008 McEver Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
417 Main St., S.W., Gainesville
Score: 84, Grade: B
Employee drinks in plastic cups on shelving above boxes of food. Neither make line holding requirement temperatures. Gasket on three door make line damaged. Sanitizer test strips could not be located. Floors need detailed cleaning.